SCMP Launches New Digital Subscription Service to Advance Independent Journalism in the Digital Age

HONG KONG, 27 July 2020 – The South China Morning Post announced today the launch of a new subscription service for SCMP.com and the SCMP app. Beginning in August, it will roll out in phases over several months across the world.

This announcement marks the next phase of SCMP’s digital transformation and its exponential growth as a global news company. The English-language media platform reached upwards of 50 million monthly readers in recent months, comprising a mostly international audience that relies on SCMP for its unparalleled and trusted expertise on China and Asia. 

With the introduction of this reader revenue initiative, SCMP is safeguarding the future of the 116-year-old news organisation and its independent journalism, with critical and essential coverage that explains China’s growing influence and how it impacts and challenges the world. 

Readers will be able to access some articles for free, before they are prompted with a message to subscribe for further unlimited access. Subscribers will receive award-winning news reporting and opinions, along with the in-depth analysis and investigative journalism that have come to be expected from SCMP. They will also enjoy personalisation features across SCMP’s platforms that enhance the reading and discovery experience, along with privileged access to SCMP’s virtual and in-person events. All information critical to community health and safety will continue to be freely accessible to all readers. 

Said SCMP CEO Gary Liu, “SCMP has long championed the plurality of voices in Asia with independent journalism and we are firmly committed to continue serving our readers with  comprehensive coverage of China and Asia. Advertising alone can no longer sustain high-quality journalism in the digital age, so we must continue to evolve our business models and diversify our revenue streams. 

“Our readership growth has been an encouraging validation of SCMP’s editorial quality and professionalism  and we believe this initiative will strengthen the journalistic excellence that our readers deserve and further our mission to lead the global conversation on China.” 

SCMP has been diversifying its revenue streams to build sustainable business models for the future. Last month, the company announced SCMP Research, a new paid knowledge vertical that publishes commercial reports on leading industries in China. In May, it launched SCMP Lighthouse, a sophisticated first-party data platform that positions the Post as a preferred digital advertising platform with unparalleled consumer insights to drive efficiencies and improve campaign ROI. It has also ramped up its events business with a calendar of 40+ virtual webinars this year – a fourfold increase over in-person events initially planned at the start of the year.

Kindly refer to the letter from SCMP’s Editor-in-Chief to our readers here.  

 

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.   

 

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SCMP drives campaign effectiveness and optimisation with ‘SCMP LIGHTHOUSE’ launch

HONG KONG, 29 June 2020 – The South China Morning Post, a leading global media company, announced today the launch of ‘SCMP LIGHTHOUSE’ – a sophisticated first-party data platform that offers marketers unparalleled consumer insights to drive efficiencies and improve their campaign’s ROI.  

As the first news media organisation in Asia to launch a proprietary insight and activation platform based on its first-party data , ‘SCMP LIGHTHOUSE’ provides advertisers with the tools necessary to target audiences with greater precision. Built on SCMP’s first-party cookies with known recency, provenance and quality, this free and transparent insight tool will allow users to create bespoke audiences on SCMP’s profiles, discover insights in real-time, and easily compare them across geographies. 

Developed with privacy at its core and on publisher first-party cookies, ‘SCMP LIGHTHOUSE’ was created as a proprietary in-house platform and leverages on the Post’s global readership of more than 50m monthly average users (MAU) across key territories such as the USA (37%), Asia (32%) and the rest of the world (31%). The platform offers access to quality audience insights and allows partners to activate against geo-specific attributes to bring incremental audiences and value to marketers. 

“This platform is our answer to the rising governmental and browser regulations and the negative impact it has had on marketers ability to target important and valuable audiences,“ said SCMP’s Vice President of Digital Ian Hocking. “We believe that publishers are best placed to target users with value-added data that can build strategic partnerships.” 

“This is an important step for SCMP. Having scaled, adding value with first-party data means we can understand the value a user sees in SCMP and connect an advertiser via our trusted first-party relationship. The launch of ‘SCMP LIGHTHOUSE’ marks our commitment to helping our business and advertising partners understand our global audience so we can continue to deliver news and advertising content that adds value to our readers.”

To implement ‘SCMP LIGHTHOUSE’, the Post partnered with 1PlusX to help marketers and publishers unlock the full potential of SCMP’s rich data by extrapolating and aggregating information from various data pools and predicting behavioral trends and patterns from robust data processing and data modeling. 

“The launch of SCMP LIGHTHOUSE marks an important milestone and I strongly believe marketers will substantially profit from the platform’s ability to portray transparent data insights supported by our predictive technology,’’ said Jürgen Galler, CEO at 1plusX. ““A whole spectrum of new audience capabilities can be generated and when applied holistically, the platform will enable SCMP to drive data intelligence in the future. 

“The launch of SCMP LIGHTHOUSE highlights our dynamic and stimulating collaboration with the Post and we look forward to continue challenging the status quo in the international digital advertising space together.”

Kindly visit advertising.scmp.com and email rica.raubenheimer@scmp.com for more details about ‘SCMP LIGHTHOUSE’.

FACTSHEET: SCMP LIGHTHOUSE 

What is SCMP LIGHTHOUSE? 

SCMP LIGHTHOUSE is a proprietary in-house platform for marketers to create bespoke audiences on SCMP’s profiles, discover insights in real-time that is based on Post’s robust global readership. The platform utilises first-party data in a combination of declared data from polls and quizzes with observed onsite user behaviours, Google Analytics, ad-log data and other content analytics to go beyond interest and intent to measure engagement and make insights available for targeting and reporting. 

What’s driving the need for first-party data?

Google announced in January 2020 that third-party cookies would be blocked in Chrome within two years, at which point they will be effectively useless for all use cases. Google, Apple, Firefox and Brave  have been clamping down on fingerprinting techniques and the upshot is that we all need to find a new digital currency for targeting and measurement. 

How does SCMP provide value to marketers using first-party data?

As news publishers, SCMP has a relationship with our readers and knows its audience better than anyone else through its users’ first-party data. Understanding our users and creating a platform allows us and advertisers to recognise that value. The move towards a single-sign in and persistent ID also allows us to build editorial impact and deeper engagement with readers through a greater personalised experience. Through SCMP LIGHTHOUSE, the Post is able to demonstrate the value of its audience by giving access to insights on readers. 

What are the benefits of building your own data platform? 

The first thing you should enable is greater business efficiencies. Giving your whole business access to your consumer data in a privacy compliant self-service platform will enable your staff to react faster and with validated insight.

Because it’s curated insight, you create a consistent way of talking about your audience throughout the company and you are able to control access and measure usage, whilst contextualising each insight so it’s easy to interpret no matter the relative data competency of that user. 

By building your own platform, you are able to take advantage of any unique data you may have access to (adding a USP for potential partnerships) and you’ll also be able to build out functionality in a modular way, responding quickly to market conditions and opportunities. 

Lastly, but most importantly, you will be in control of the data quality and ensure that your product truly adds value for your partners and to your business decisions. 

For more details about ‘SCMP LIGHTHOUSE’, please contact Rica Raubenheimer, Digital Product Manager at rica.raubenheimer@scmp.com.

 

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism. 

For further information on SCMP, please contact: sarah.wai@scmp.com  

ABOUT 1PlusX

1plusX is an advanced data management and predictive marketing platform. Developed by two ex-Google directors, our solutions leverage the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning enabling digital businesses to unlock the full potential of their data. By connecting information pools across various digital channels and touchpoints, our platform recognizes patterns in user behavior. Within milliseconds, those are transformed into predictions and meaningful customer insights. This is how publishers and marketers can turn anonymous visitors into known audiences boosting the value of their marketing spend. 1plusX’s international team based in Zurich, Hamburg, Paris, and Singapore is composed of over 30 talents from the international product and engineering scene.

SCMP joins media organisations across APAC for a Facebook Watch special the coronavirus outbreak

HONG KONG, 2 April 2020 – The South China Morning Post will join 7NEWS (Australia) and The Straits Times (Singapore) to analyse and share learnings from across the region on their experience on combating COVID-19 in an exclusive Facebook Watch news event named “COVID FRONTLINE” on Friday, 3 April via facebook.com/scmp.  

SCMP’s Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo will co-host the 45-minute Facebook Watch special from 12 noon Hong Kong with Michael Usher, Anchor of The Latest from 7NEWS and Salma Khalik, Senior Health Correspondent of The Straits Times. 

COVID-19 experts including world-leading medical experts and researchers as well some of the region’s most experienced journalists will join the discussion sharing insights, learnings and answering questions submitted by Facebook viewers. They include: 

  • Professor David Hui, a respiratory expert from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and adviser to the Hong Kong Government. He is a recognized hero from the region’s SARS outbreak (2002-2003).           
  • Professor John Nicholls, a pathologist at Hong Kong University. His team was the first (outside Mainland China) to grow a copy of the COVID-19 virus. 
  • Professor Wang Linfa, He is director of the programme in emerging infectious diseases at Duke-NUS Medical School. His team developed the 1st antibody test for COVID-19 to be used in the world. He was also on the WHO committee that declared the COVID-19 a global pandemic, and had visited Wuhan shortly after the outbreak there started. 
  • Professor Alexander Cook, Vice-Dean for research at National University of Singapore’s school of public health.
  • Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, a world-leading epidemiologist and current advisor to WHO. 
  • Professor Sanjaya Senanayake, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Australian National University and an expert on infectious diseases.
  • Rachel Blundy, an AFP’s Fact Check Editor. Rachel will speak to COVID-19 related false news trends.

The show will be streamed as a Premiere video via facebook.com/scmp on Friday 3rd April, 2020 at 12 noon (HKT).

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.   

For more details please contact:

SCMP Corporate Communications 

pr@scmp.com

South China Morning Post commits to high standards and transparent journalism by joining the Trust Project

HONG KONG, 19 March 2020 – The South China Morning Post is the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of the world’s top media companies committed to the highest standards of journalistic quality, transparency and credibility.

The Trust Project is a global network of major news outlets working to affirm and amplify journalism’s commitment to transparency, accuracy and inclusion. It includes BBC, the Washington Post, and the Economist. Please visit thetrustproject.org for more details. 

This commitment underlines the SCMP’s dedication to press freedom and quality journalism and reinforces its continued mission to lead the global conversation on China with trustworthy, comprehensive reporting from its unique vantage point in Hong Kong.

“The South China Morning Post believes a commitment to transparency is foundational to journalistic excellence, which is why today we are pleased to join the Trust Project,” said SCMP CEO Gary Liu. “This is just the latest step in our drive to earn our readers’ trust through transparent practices, and we hope that other news organisations in the region will join us in implementing clear policies to bolster the freedom of the press.”

It joins 32 other reliable news sites run by seven news organizations that have committed to the rigorous standards and disclosures of the Trust Project.  Approved news sites with the Trust Project show who and what is behind a news story, enabling readers to make informed decisions about what to read and share. The incoming news partners extend the Trust Indicators’ reach to more than 200 news sites and hundreds of millions of people a month.  

“For more than a century, our newsroom has been dedicated to covering the issues and implications on the latest developments in China and Hong Kong that impact global trends,”  said Tammy Tam, Editor-in-Chief, SCMP. “Especially in this global coronavirus pandemic, what the world needs now is swift and objective coverage from credible news sources and focus on transparency and education to prevent overreaction and panic. The Trust Project provides transparent standards of our news production to help readers around the world who come to us for quality, trustworthy journalism.” 

The SCMP has implemented transparent newsroom policies that adhere to the consortium’s Trust Indicators, including policies on ethics, corrections, fact-checking and sourcing. These Trust Indicators featured on its pages aim to provide readers with insight into the methodology of SCMP’s journalism as an authentic, reliable, and balanced news source. 

“We are proud of the hard work and commitment to the public shown by the South China Morning Post,” said Sally Lehrman, founder and chief executive of the Trust Project. “As the Trust Project expands and more news sites adopt the Trust Indicators, now a globally accepted standard, we can slow the spread of false and misleading news and amplify the valuable journalism produced by reputable news organizations across the world.”

The March 2020 launch includes major international, regional, local and independent organizations. In addition to South China Morning Post, sites joining the Trust Project include Spanish current affairs magazine Cambio 16, FRONTLINE, the flagship investigative documentary series of the Public Broadcasting Service, The National Observer and CTV News, which extend the Trust Indicators to every province in Canada and The Southern California News Group and the Denver Post in the U.S.A.

Learn more about the Trust Project at https://thetrustproject.org/.

 

About South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.   

About The Trust Project

The Trust Project is a global network of news organizations working to affirm and amplify journalism’s commitment to transparency, accuracy and inclusion. The project created the Trust Indicators, which are a collaborative, journalism-generated standard for news that helps both regular people and the technology companies’ machines easily assess the authority and integrity of news. The Trust Indicators are based in robust user-centered design research and respond to public needs and wants. For more, visit thetrustproject.org.

The Trust Project is funded by Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Democracy Fund, Facebook, Google and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

 

For more details please contact:

SCMP Corporate Communications 

pr@scmp.com

SCMP LAUNCHES “100 TOP TABLES 2020” WITH TWO NEW AWARD CATEGORIES

HONG KONG, 18 March, 2020 – The South China Morning Post, a leading global media company based in Hong Kong has launched its eighth edition of 100 Top Tables, the definitive guide for business executives and food aficionados in Hong Kong and Macau. 

Chosen by our independent editorial panel of Hong Kong’s most coveted restaurants 100 Top Tables, 100 Top Tables recognises and celebrates outstanding restaurants and talents who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.  This year’s guide features five special awards, including two new categories to highlight the contributions of those who have elevated the dining scene. 

This year’s 100 Top Tables includes two new categories that recognises up-and-coming chef as well as a category that recognises excellence in pastry making. The winners are: 

  • Best chef – Vicky Cheng, VEA Restaurant & Lounge
  • Best service – Roganic Hong Kong
  • Best ambience – SEVVA
  • Best pastry chef (NEW) – Ringo Chan, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
  • Rising Star (NEW) – Ricardo Chaneton, MONO

Chef Vicky Cheng of VEA Restaurant & Lounge clinched this year’s “Best Chef” award, earning accolades for his signature dishes that includes roasted sea cucumber that truly represents Chinese fusion cuisine by taking indigenous locally sourced produce and applying French cooking techniques.

“I truly just wanted to do something that no one else in Hong Kong had done before. I wanted to embark and showcase Hong Kong’s culture through the lens of European cooking. Thanks to all of our very loyal guests and hard-working team we are at where we are today,” said Cheng.

The publication showcases 100 Hong Kong and 20 Macau-based restaurants, making it a must-have for senior executives searching for the best restaurants for business and pleasure. This year’s judges included a mix of veterans and new inductees to the committee to ensure the results were balanced, objective and comprehensive.

Said Gary Liu, SCMP’s Chief Executive Officer, “We’re proud that 100 Top Tables continues to be an influential and much sought-after guide by executive diners, and respected by culinary establishments for its independent rigorous selection process. We are pleased to honour these restaurants of Hong Kong and Macau and celebrate the chefs who resolutely strive for excellence.”

Winnie Chung, SCMP’s Editorial Director of Specialist Publications added, “This year’s 100 Top Tables is dedicated to our winners who have shown incredible resilience in the face of adversity. It has been a most difficult year for their industry but they have managed to prove that delicious food, excellent service and great ambience will always win over patrons. Congratulations to our 120 winners in Hong Kong and Macau!”

100 Top Tables offers readers with an impartial overview of each restaurant, including information on a restaurant’s cuisine and ambiance – from a shortlist of signature dishes and the price of corkage to amenities like valet parking and alfresco dining. Contact details, including a restaurant’s address and hours of operation, are also listed.

The guide was thoughtfully edited, prioritising the overall dining experience as the primary selection criterion and organised by cuisine: Chinese, Western, French, Italian, Japanese, Steak and Grills, and East/West, along with a separate section for Macau. 

100 Top Tables 2020 will be available at major bookstores and supermarkets in Hong Kong at a retail price of HK$168 from March 23. In-store copies can be found at a number of premium airport lounges throughout Asia and select recreation clubs. Selected in-depth stories about the restaurants and featured articles of the special awards winners can be found at http://www.scmp.com/topics/100-top-tables.

 

 

About South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including ​Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR.​ SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a culture publication exploring Chinese stories across video and feature articles.

For further information on SCMP, please contact: communications@scmp.com

For further information on SCMP publications, please contact: advertising@scmp.com

 

 

100 Top Tables 2020 – A definitive guide to executive dining

CHINESE

1. Above & Beyond

2. Ah Yat Harbour View Restaurant

3. Canton Room

4. China Tang (Landmark)

5. Chinese Library

6. Dong Lai Shun

7. Dynasty 

8.  Forum Restaurant 

9. Guo Fu Lou

10. Hoi King Heen

11. Hung Tong

12. Hutong

13. Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine

14. Lung King Heen

15. Man Wah

16. Ming Court

17. Mott 32

18. Old Bailey

19. One Harbour Road

20. PIIN Wine Restaurant

21. Shang Palace

22. Spring Moon

23.  Summer Palace

24. T’ang Court

25. The Chairman

26. Tin Lung Heen

27. Xin Rong Ji

28. Yan Toh Heen

29. Yat Tung Heen

30. Ying Jee Club

WESTERN

1. Arcane

2. Frantzén’s Kitchen

3. Hue Restaurant & Bar

4. Hugo’s

5. Roganic Hong Kong

6. The Verandah

 

FRENCH

1. Arbor

2. Belon

3. Caprice

4. ÉCRITURE

5. Épure French Fine Dining

6. Gaddi’s

7. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

8. L’Envol

9. Louise

10. LE PAN

11. MONO

12. Pierre

13. Rech by Alain Ducasse

14. Restaurant Petrus

 

ITALIAN

1. 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Hong Kong

2. Angelini

3. Castellana Restaurant

4. Gaia Ristorante

5. Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano 

6. Grissini

7. Nicholini’s 

8. Octavium 

9. Sabatini Ristorante Italiano

10. Spiga

11. Theo Mistral by Theo Randall

12. Tosca

 

JAPANESE

1. Godenya 

2. Hanare

3. Kaiseki Den by Saotome

4. Kakure

5. Kashiwaya Hong Kong

6. Kyoku

7.Nadaman

8. Nobu

9. Ryota Kappou Modern

10. Shikigiku Japanese Restaurant

11. Sushi Masataka

12. Sushi Saito

13. Sushi Shikon

14. Sushi Tokami

15. Sushiyoshi

16. Tenku RyuGin

17. The Araki

 

STEAK AND GRILLS

1. Alto Bar & Grill

2. Buenos Aires Polo Club

3. Grand Hyatt Steakhouse

4. HENRY

5. Mandarin Grill + Bar

6. Morton’s of Chicago

7. PROHIBITION Grill House & Cocktail Bar

8. STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill

 

 

EAST / WEST

1. Aaharn

2. Amber

3. Aqua

4. Bo Innovation

5. HAKU

6. New Punjab Club 

7. Ronin

8. SEVVA

9. Ta Vie

10. Takumi by Daisuke Mori

11. TATE Dining & Bar 

12. VEA Restaurant & Lounge

13. ZEST by Konishi

   

MACAU

1. 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA MACAU

2. Aji

3. Alain Ducasse at Morpheus

4. Chiado Portuguese Restaurant

5. Dynasty 8

6. Feng Wei Ju

7. Golden Flower

8. Jade Dragon

9. Lai Heen

10. Mizumi

11. Pearl Dragon

12. Robuchon au Dôme

13. Shinji by Kanesaka

14. The Eight

15. The Kitchen

16. The Tasting Room

17. Wing Lei 

18. Yamazato 

19. Yi 

20. Zi Yat Heen

 

 

Operation Santa Claus’ ‘From Hong Kong with Love’ campaign raises over HK$15.2 million to support 13 charity projects

HONG KONG, 20 February 2020 – Operation Santa Claus (OSC) continued to make a difference in Hong Kong with its 2019 campaign ‘From Hong Kong with Love’ raising more than HK$15.2 million in donations, providing hope and a bright spark in the new year despite such difficult times.

Aimed at sharing the gift of hope and kindness to brighten the lives of the needy, the annual fundraising campaign coordinated community-wide charity events that supported 13 beneficiaries which continue to contribute to causes that serve children and youth, as well as individuals with physical and mental disabilities.

OSC, which is jointly organised by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 3 and the South China Morning Post (SCMP), also celebrated the successful campaign by announcing four awards to noteworthy schools and corporations for their fundraising efforts. They are:
● Top Corporate Fundraiser – Morgan Stanley
● Most Creative Corporate Fundraiser – Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital
● Top School Fundraiser – Discovery Mind Educational Organisation
● Most Creative School Fundraiser – Shung Tak Catholic English College

This year’s campaign also welcomed new donors including Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, Hong Kong Disneyland, the Consulate General of Sweden and ESF Shatin Junior School, contributing to support OSC’s cause. OSC also benefited from the support of its two high-profile ambassadors in Olympic swimmer Stephanie AU and local celebrity Pakho CHAU, who visited Hong Kong Disneyland to promote sales of its charity postcards, as well as the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital to participate at its fundraising carnival.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our wonderful community and my colleagues and friends at RTHK and the SCMP for the amazing results they have achieved in three short, difficult months. As you’re just about to find out Hong Kong’s spirit is as strong as ever.” said LEUNG Ka-wing, Director of Broadcasting, RTHK.

Said Gary LIU, SCMP CEO, “I am incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished together. It gives Mr LEUNG and I great pleasure to announce that we have exceeded our donations target in support of our 13 beneficiaries, whose work is vital to Hong Kong and deserve our attention and contribution. We look forward to many more years of serving our community through OSC – together, we will elevate this city and make a lasting difference.”

About Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa Claus (OSC) is one of Hong Kong’s most beloved charity efforts. Established in 1988, OSC aims to connect the local community with charities and is jointly organised by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) and the South China Morning Post (SCMP), two of the city’s most respected media organisations. OSC is one of Hong Kong’s biggest annual fundraising campaigns and has raised about HK$300 million and has brought goodwill to over 280 charities in the past 31 years. For more information about the OSC campaign, please visit OSC websites rthk.hk/osc2019 and osc.scmp.com

For further information please contact: pr@scmp.com

OSC 2019 Beneficiaries and Projects

This year, 13 charities in three distinct areas have been selected to receive OSC donations:

Beneficiaries

Project Title or Details

Hong Kong Paediatric Rheumatism Association

Fledgling for Rheumatic Children

InspiringHK Sports Foundation

ZoomIN Sports! Photo Empowerment Contest

Junior Achievement Hong Kong

JA Be My Own Boss Family 

PathFinders

A Child’s Journey with PathFinders

The Hub Hong Kong

Project T

Charles K. Kao Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease 

Support on cognitive training and daycare service for dementia patients

ChickenSoup Foundation

Project Super Senior

Hong Kong Women Workers’ Association

Triple UP: upcycling, upgrade, upholding

Project Space

Home Improvement 2019

Home of Loving Faithfulness

Provide life-long special care and attention to those who need constant monitoring

Mental Health Foundation 

Night to Light Programme for young adults

Mind Mental Health Hong Kong

Coolminds for youngsters 

Rolling Books & Audio Description Association Hong Kong

Multi-sensory Reading Experience through Image, Sound and Touch 

 

SCMP launches first-ever China AI Report offering globally relevant business and market insights

HONG KONG, 13 February 2020 — The South China Morning Post today released its inaugural SCMP China AI Report 2020 that provides business and industry observers insights into significant advancements emerging from the world’s leading country in artificial intelligence adoption.

The report offers essential business intelligence by examining how data, talent, hardware and software become critical to wider adoption. China is one of the leading global hubs driving significant investments in AI research and development and the report covers applications across industries including finance, education, healthcare, infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, retail, smart homes and manufacturing, while highlighting issues related to data privacy and US-China tensions. 

Authored by SCMP Research, the report taps a wealth of industry knowledge from SCMP’s Technology Desk with actionable intelligence, deep dives, case studies and first-hand insights as well as exploring projections for the long term future. More importantly, the report is a comprehensive overview of the country’s technological, regulatory and policy developments and how it can be extended to other countries – issues that would be equally relevant to investors and academia.  

The SCMP China AI Report has alraedy earned positive reviews from reputable industry leaders, including Jeffrey Ding, D.Phil Researcher at Oxford University’s Centre for the Governance of AI, who commented the report offers “big-picture trendlines neglected by other analyses”. Huang Wei, Founder and CEO of AI tech startup Unisound pointed out the report’s illuminating “insights on the entrepreneurial boldness of China AI companies and professionals.” 

“The speed of AI development in China has been extraordinary, and its deployment is already at a mind-boggling scale. The opportunities and challenges of this evolution will impact the entire world. This report benefits from SCMP’s depth of access and knowledge, and will elevate critical understanding for global stakeholders in the AI industry and beyond,” said Gary Liu, SCMP CEO.

Said Tammy Tam, SCMP’s Editor in Chief, “SCMP has been taking the lead in presenting our global audience the latest tech landscape in China, the publication of this updated and authoritative report showcases our commitment and tireless efforts in helping readers around the world to better understand China’s AI strategy.”

The full report is available for purchase here (https://www.scmp.com/china-ai-report), in addition to the exclusive opportunity to learn from and interact with AI experts and C-level executives from China AI companies through six webinars. 

 

Testimonials by technology experts on the China AI Report

  1. Jeffrey Ding, D.Phil Researcher at Centre for the Governance of AI (Oxford University) and Founder of ChinAI Newsletter:
    “Integrating the best research on China’s AI landscape from academic, industry, and technical sources, SCMP’s China AI Report 2020 is a must-read. Readers will be impressed by big-picture trendlines neglected by other analyses, such as actual diffusion rates of AI technologies and the potential for greater product personalisation to upend the manufacturing landscape.”
  2. Bowen Zhou, President of JD Cloud & AI, Chair of JD Technology Committee:
    China offers fertile ground for the development of AI, in particular with its unique landscape open to a range of real-world scenarios. This is critical when bringing innovation to bear and enabling leapfrog technologies that have the potential to change the world. I’m delighted to participate in SCMP’s inaugural China AI Report and provide our perspective on AI and retail. The report’s incisive and highly readable presentation of the current state of AI in China will provide a valuable read to business leaders, AI enthusiasts and overall China watchers.”
  3. Huang Wei, Founder and CEO of Unisound:
    SCMP’s China AI report showcases the current state of the China AI industry comprehensively and systematically; the report’s insights on the entrepreneurial boldness of China AI companies and professionals are especially unique and illuminating. Unisound is honoured to be one of the case studies and to be able to share our industry perspectives with readers. 2019 saw the China AI industry achieving a series of breakthroughs, and 2020 is also looking to be another extraordinary year for the industry. How the AI industry will develop in the coming year is an important question to answer for all AI professionals, and we hope the SCMP can provide inspiration for the industry.”
  4. Guanchun Wang, CEO of Laiye Tech:
    “This AI report by SCMP provides a very comprehensive and in-depth review of China’s AI landscape across technologies and sectors. It’s clear that AI is playing an ever-expanding role in China’s economy from security to education and health. However, the 14 AI Unicorns mentioned (and those aspiring to be) need to land better PMF (product-market fit) and develop ecosystems around themselves to become truly great companies in the era of artificial intelligence.”
  5. Edith Yeung, General Partner at Proof of Capital and Advisor at 500 Startups:
    “China is home to the most number of artificial intelligence unicorns (startups valued at US$1 billion or above). There is no accident why China has become such a global force of artificial intelligence in such astonishingly rapid speed.  This report reveals how China caught up to the US in many industries including education, healthcare, entertainment smart cities, smart homes, finance, manufacturing, retail, logistics and many other use cases you cannot even imagine. As much as I admire the Chinese entrepreneurial spirit, its government ambition and determination to win this AI war, there are many challenges China is facing including the US-China tensions, increasing protectionism, mounting data privacy, and trust concern plus “venture capital winter”.  This comprehensive report is a must-read for all AI-focused investors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, regulators, and practitioners.”

 

About South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China.

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Goldthread showcases new “At Home with Dianxi Xiaoge” series for China-curious in lead-up to Chinese New Year

NEW YORK and HONG KONG, 23 January 2020 – Goldthread announced today the launch of ‘At Home with Dianxi Xiaoge’, a new six-part series featuring an exclusive inside look at the life of the Chinese Internet star, as well as introducing videos on preparing unique Chinese New Year dishes and desserts from Yunnan to mark the festive season. 

Dianxi Xiaoge quickly gained popularity with viewers outside of China for her soothing cooking videos. An interview with the influencer from rural Yunnan will be featured in English for the first time when the series kicks off on 6 February on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Dailymotion and Goldthread2.com, followed by five how-to-cook episodes featuring unique Yunnan dishes for the Lunar New Year – including “er kuai”, a savory rice cake, and a fermented rice dessert soup. Click here to view the teaser. 

Dianxi Xiaoge enjoys a following of nearly four million YouTube followers and has a fanbase of 11 million around the world. Her popularity comes from her easy-to-follow cooking videos that feature unique recipes, as well as snippets that reveal her authentic lifestyle and little-known perspectives of rural China. She prepares dishes that are unique to Yunnan, with an emphasis on cuisine from the Dai minority ethnic group. Armed with her one trusty cleaver, she cooks with relatively simple equipment using wood-fired woks. 

Dianxi Xiaoge’s new series follows the successful run of Goldthread’s 3-episode collaboration with Li Ziqi, another Chinese internet celebrity also known for her viral videos about lifestyle and cooking in the Chinese rural countryside. 

“Goldthread is for young, globally-curious people who want to discover China’s untold cultural stories,” said Victoria Ho, Executive Producer at Goldthread. “We’re proud of our series that showcases an authentic, lesser-known side of China’s food culture and lifestyle through two internet stars in Dianxi Xiaoge and Li Ziqi. We are delighted to have the opportunity to be the first media outside of China they have chosen to share their unique personal stories and lend their authentic voice to Goldthread’s growing narrative on Chinese culture.”

“This was an exciting opportunity to collaborate with Goldthread and showcase Yunnan’s unique culture and cuisine to a broader audience outside of China,” said Dianxi Xiaoge. “I hope viewers will get to know my hometown better and enjoy the dishes and desserts for China’s most important festival in China. ”

Dianxi Xiaoge was interviewed by Goldthread’s Senior Reporter Clarissa Wei, known for her passion for exploring Chinese cuisine outside of the stereotypical dumplings and lo mein, and love for getting inside the minds of expert chefs and hunting the best bits from China’s food scene. Viewers can also watch her other food series “Eat China” on Goldthread. 

About Goldthread

Goldthread is a social-first, video-driven media product created for digital explorers and ever-curious travellers. We weave the untold stories of Chinese people, places, food and culture from our journeys. We are relentless in our search for the next amazing bite and unforgettable experience.

Goldthread videos can be viewed on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Dailymotion.

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Future of US-China Relations Cast at First-Ever China Conference United States

NEW YORK, 10 December 2019 – Global leaders, government officials and industry experts gathered in New York City today for the South China Morning Post’s inaugural China Conference: United States, analysing the current conflict between the U.S. and China and profiling a vision for future cooperation and competition between the world’s two biggest superpowers.

The event addressed questions about the US-China trade war, its effect on the global economy, the technological race for 5G and AI supremacy and the possibility of coexistence for two competing ideologies. Other thought-provoking discussions included the future of immigration, trade and cultural exchange between the two nations.

The event featured more than 30 well-known speakers, including former Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China Dr Chen Deming who gave a keynote welcome on three perspectives on U.S.-China relations.

“Looking back on the 40 years of diplomatic relations between China and the U.S., our scientific and technological cooperation has become the most dynamic part of bilateral cooperation,” said Dr Chen Deming.

Dr Chen added: “In this relationship, there are both competition and cooperation, but we believe that competition does not necessarily lead to confrontation or conflict.”

More quotes from the event’s panel speakers are available in the factsheet below.

Said SCMP CEO Gary Liu, “As the shifts in geopolitical and economic balance continue to accelerate with the rise of China, we believe that there is an elevated need to understand the world better, with greater nuance and wider perspectives. Today’s event helped offer a deeper understanding by unpacking the complexities between the two nations, and a glimpse on how the world will be defined by these two superpowers in competition or in cooperation.”

China Conference: United States represents the next step of SCMP’s expansion in the US. Currently, one third of SCMP’s global readers reside in the United States – approximately 10 million monthly active readers – which highlights the growing demand for in-depth news coverage on the world’s second-largest economy.

China Conference: United States is the seventh edition of SCMP’s China Conference series. Next year, China Conference: Southeast Asia will convene in the Philippines on Feb 18-19, 2020 to examine the region’s growth and the future of Chinese and Southeast Asian partnerships. For more information, please click here.

 

About the South China Morning Post

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in

Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China.

About the China Conference

South China Morning Post’s China Conference was first launched in 2015 with the aim of setting the agenda for China watchers, business leaders and government officials around the world. Convening hundreds of thought-leaders at each event, renowned experts have debated pressing issues surrounding the world’s second-largest economy, and fostered better understanding and elevated thought about China’s culture, society, industries and economy. Originally held in Hong Kong, it has branched out to Southeast Asia and now the United States in the past year. Visit the website https://us.chinaconference.scmp.com for more details.

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Quotes from China Conference: United States

1) Naomi Wilson, Senior Director of Policy, Asia, Information Technology Industry Council

“I think decoupling is a very real worry. And while complete decoupling may not be possible, we’re certainly starting to see a modified decoupling through the policies and regulations that have been put forward by both governments. That’s potentially very damaging in the long run.”

2) Victor Gao, Chairman, China Energy Security Institute; Vice President, Center for China and Globalisation

“These two issues – intellectual property rights and forced technology transfer – these need to be addressed in the context of China-US trade relations.”

3) Donald J. Morrissey, Director: Congressional, State, and Local Government Affairs, Huawei Technologies (USA)

“Huawei is naked before the world. Our products have been tested more than any of our competitors by governments around the world.”

4) Dr. Robert D. Atkinson, Founder & President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

“I feel bad for Huawei, because if they were an Indonesian company, none of this would be an issue. They basically have the baggage of the Chinese government hanging over them.”

“US internet companies do not get to have business in China. So what is the possible rationale that China has for saying there are unfair practices. They simply are banned in China.”

5) Dr. Katherine Kaup, James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Politics & International Affairs, Furman University

“Our two economies are intertwined and access to ideas and knowledge is crucial. We need to make sure that doesn’t change.”

6) Eric Fish, Author, China’s Millennials: The Want Generation

“Chinese students are trapped in the middle. The US is worried about Chinese influence, China is worried about what students learn abroad.”

7) Wendy Cutler, Former Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; Vice President and Managing Director, Washington, D.C. Office, Asia Society Policy Institute

“My view is there are solid prospects for a conclusion of the Phase 1 deal. Both sides have said that they’re very close. But I can tell you as a trade negotiator, that last mile is always the most difficult.”

8) Kurt Tong, Partner, The Asia Group; Former U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau

“Beijing sees [the Hong Kong protests] as the West taking away a “hard-earned piece of China.””

9) Danny Russel, Vice President, International Security and Diplomacy, Asia Society Policy Institute

“We want to get out of this dueling mentality. The question is: what is it that we’re aiming for? What is it that we’re trying to achieve? What is it that we really value? It’s not a simple trade off between personal liberties and rights and the ability to prosper and the ability to break out of poverty. That’s a false choice.”

“The tremendous sensitivity of the authorities in Beijing, its absolute position that Hong Kong not merely is under the sovereignty of China but as a core interest, that no one else is entitled to an opinion and that there can only be one interpretation of what’s happening, is very troubling.”

10) Ann Lee, Author of “What the US Can Learn from China” and “Will China’s Economy Collapse?”; Foreign Policy Advisor to Andrew Yang

“Resolving the bilateral standoff requires the US to be honest about what they are willing to give up in a way to share a global stage with China, assuming that China continues to grow at its current pace and whether they’re willing to share power on various multilateral institutions. Otherwise, China will keep building its own multilateral institutions.”

SCMP Appoints Adrian Lee as SVP of Marketing and Events

HONG KONG, 25 November 2019 – The South China Morning Post announced today the appointment of Adrian Lee as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Events, who will lead its growth strategies to build SCMP’s global brand. 

With SCMP’s exponential international readership growth at over 25 million monthly active users, Lee’s appointment bolsters its focus on market and audience development across Asia and broader global markets. Lee’s responsibilities include raising brand awareness, increasing traffic to SCMP’s digital platforms, overseeing product and digital marketing, as well as driving SCMP’s event’s business.

“We are extremely pleased to have someone with Adrian’s experience and look forward to leveraging his expertise to continue SCMP’s successful growth across international markets,” said Gary Liu, SCMP’s Chief Executive Officer. 

With a passion for combining data, technology and cultural insights to revolutionise company marketing strategies, Lee has transformed some of the world’s most influential brands for the digital economy. He has worked in executive leadership roles in London and across Asia and was previously Head of Digital Client Solutions at global media agency Wavemaker where he helped lead the Hong Kong agency’s direction, growth, profitability and people development as well as directing global marketing campaigns for clients. 

Prior to that Lee was the Global Digital Strategy and Innovation Director for Vizeum in London, leading innovation across a global network for clients including Burberry and Honda. Lee also directed digital growth and marketing for multinational companies at MediaCom in Hong Kong.

“It is an exciting time to join a media company that is leading the global conversation on China, especially with a growing demand for reliable news to understand the global impact of the second-largest economy in the world. The organisation is full of driven and intelligent people and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to do work that carries real purpose,” said Lee.

Lee’s appointment is effective from 2 December 2019 and he will be based at SCMP’s global headquarters in Hong Kong.

About South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a culture publication exploring Chinese stories across video and feature articles.

For further information please contact: pr@scmp.com